Mario Holguin


Bilingual Farmer and Educator with over seven years growing, teaching, and marketing experience. Committed to growing food justice in the tri-state and bi-national Paso del Norte region by cultivating and increasing access to learning communities that exchange sustainable desert farming practices. Expertise in year-round production, organic practices, specialty crop sales and intensive small-scale urban production with an agroecology perspective. Expertise in building direct marketing channels to increase economic sustainability for small scale farmers. Desierto Verde bio: With the idea that you don’t necessarily need to own land to have a farm, Desierto Verde is a farm with no establish land, some seasons we lease an acre to plant quantity and diversity of crops to supply several markets, some seasons we plant on a friend’s backyard and some other years we harvest just from our small greenhouse located on the eastside of El Paso. For the last years we have been focused on small and gourmet crops, like microgreens and petite vegetables full of flavor and very visually attractive. In Desierto Verde we like to do research to see what crops grow better in this beautiful but extreme weather, our farm produce tons of compost derived from the intensive microgreens planting techniques, compost that is used in other farms to grow more delicious produce!
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